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08-10-2020, 10:22 AM
Greeting Everybody,

Monday night chess with Ballarat Chess Club.

Given the current restrictions on real world chess due to the pandemic the club has been running online meetup's on Monday nights. These have been a success and it has been decided to continue this as an ongoing fixture of the club even after we resume Covid normality at some point in the future.

Given the current pandemic the club has been running a Monday night Rapid Tournaments with faster time controls like the upcoming 10 5 Arena on chess.com.


The Monday night event will be the 1st week of a a new Chess League, the league has players divided into divisions but competing in a fun handicap ladder event. Details of which will be provided in the next addition to this thread.

The club has also been involved in the chess.com club's league. A league open to real world club's run on chess.com Season 2 is due to begin in November. Season 1 was a great success and the club thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. If you would like to be involved join the Ballarat Chess Club on chess.com

https://www.chess.com/news/view/results-standings-after-round-8 (https://www.chess.com/news/view/results-standings-after-round-8)

The club has held Simul's on lichess.com and online lectures via Zoom. The club's regular Thursday night calendar has also been open to it's online members and will continue to be in 2020 if real world chess activities continue to operate under lockdown conditions.

Anybody who wants to play chess with the club in any of the online activities mentioned above is welcome to join the club an online member. The online club is open to current full and online members. Anybody who wants to play chess with the club can join the club. Just request to join the club on chess.com


Then join the club via our website.
The fee is $20 and link to our webpage is provided here


This page thread will be used to report on current online chess activities with the Ballarat Chess Club on chess chat.

Scott Stewart

08-10-2020, 10:24 AM

From the 12th of October the Monday night event's will be run as part of a weekly chess league, running for 10 weeks. It will be split into 2 with the club's Triathlon event and Christmas Break in the middle. Rounds 1 - 5 from the 12th of October to 9th of November. Rounds 6 to 10 from the 11th of January to the 8th of February. Depending on how it goes I'll try run 4 of these a year.


Tournaments will be as they have been rotating between swiss and arena formats of varying time controls.

I will publish the league ladder weekly before Thursday night club meets.


The points system for the league will have a handicap structure so the race for the top is as wide open as possible. Players will be assigned into divisions and point adjustments allocated depending on the division they occupy. The maximum amount of points a player can win in any round is 10.


To participate nothing changes, Ballarat Chess Club Members and Associates just pop in to chess.com on a Monday night and play as you usually do in the regular Monday night tournaments.



1st - 10 points 2nd - 9 points 3rd - 8 points 4th - 7 points 5th - 6 points 6th = 5 points

7th = 4 points 8th = 3 points 9th = 2 points 10th = 1 points.


Over 2400 -> -3 points || U/2400 -> -2 points || U/2200 -> -1 points || Division 1 = U/2000 no adjustment || Division 2 = U/1700 +1 point || Division 3 = U/1400 +2 points || Division 4 = U/1200 +3 points || Division 5 = U/1000 +4 points.


Division assignments are based on best chess.com rapid ratings over previous 90 days unless there is a huge discrepancy with ACF or FIDE then organiser reserves the right to assign players to divisions.

Assignment ratings can also be taken from other sources and will be considered in this order if rapid rating is not reliable.

ACF -> FIDE -> chess.com blitz


Prizes will be organised and announced soon. (I am thinking of book prizes at this stage though open for suggestions and donations happy.png ) for Best 1st, 2nd and 3rd etc and division prizes if the players division is not in the top finishers.

A Master winning all 10 tournaments would likely still win the event --- maybe happy.png But it opens the door for anybody no matter what strength with regular attendance and consistently good performances to be in a position to take final honours as Monday Night League Champion keeping in the spirit of the fun atmosphere the events has fostered to date.

For more information give me a call on 0410 052 134
email me on scottstewart1917@gmail.com
Or message me on chess.com ScottAStewart


12-10-2020, 09:04 PM
Nice turn out tonight for the 1st week of our new league, 15 players. Congratulations to Rob and Paul who finished in =1st and netting the maximum 10 points in the Monday night League. Leo came in a close 3rd securing 9 points. Scott and Justin both netting 7 points with 4th and 6th respectively. Nigel collected 6 points in 5th. George and Pat collected 4 points each in 7th and 8th, Leonard 3 in 9th, Jason and Franco both 2 points in 11th and 12th and Greg 1 point in 10th.